Regenerative braking technology could be making its way to more non-hybrid vehicles.
Ford and Samsung are working to design a dual-battery system that combines lithium-ion with lead-acid batteries that will allow Ford to offer regenerative braking in non-hybrid vehicles. The result would not only be greater fuel savings, but reduced the emissions of carbon dioxide.
“We are currently expanding our auto start-stop technology across 70 percent of our lineup, and this dual-battery system has the potential to bring even more levels of hybridization to our vehicles for greater energy savings across the board,” said Ford energy storage strategy and research senior manager Ted Miller.
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The companies are hoping to develop an ultra-lightweight lithium-ion battery that could make traditional lead-acid batteries obsolete. In addition, the research is helping advance lithium-ion battery technology currently used in Ford’s electrified vehicles.
“Although still in research, this type of battery could provide a near-term solution for greater reduction of carbon dioxide,” Miller said.
The current ultra-lightweight battery concept offers a weight reduction of up to 40 percent, or 12 lbs.
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